The office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity (OCIE) offers a vast array of educational and social events, programs, and resources that aim to engage, support, empower, and celebrate students, staff, and faculty of color and those of marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds.
Annual Programs and Activities
OCIE provides a wide variety of programming and educational initiatives focused on community building, education and training, and leadership development. Below is a sample of OCIE’s offerings.
- ALANA Students and Alumnae/i Mentoring (ASAM) Program
- Staff and Faculty of Color Socials
- Pronoun Primers for Faculty and Staff
- Annual Community Iftar
- Undoing Racism Workshops
- National Day of Racial Healing
See a full list of upcoming OCIE events.
If you would like OCIE to co-sponsor your event, please complete the event co-sponsorship form and a member of our team will contact you shortly.
ALANA Students and Alumnae/i (ASAM) Mentoring Program
The ALANA Students and Alumnae/i Mentoring (ASAM) Program (formerly known as the SAAM Program) is a one-on-one mentoring program that is committed to fostering meaningful relationships between Simmons ALANA alumnae/i and students of color.
Since the 2016-17 academic year, the ASAM Program has provided structured one-on-one relationships between Simmons alumnae/i of color and current Juniors and Seniors of color to encourage them to realize and achieve their full potential. Built on a partnership between the Alumnae/i Association Executive Board (AAEB) and the African American Alumnae/i Association (AAAA), this program has been offering an essential resource to the Simmons community. As of Fall 2019, the ASAM Program has been managed by the office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity.
Become a Mentor
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor for the 2020/21 academic year, we invite you to submit your application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Become a Mentee
If you will be a Junior or Senior in the 2020/21 academic year and are interested in becoming a mentee, we invite you to submit your application. Applications will be accepted until April 19th, 2020.
In 2019, the office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity was thrilled to have put together a series of events that reflected our mission to elevate marginalized voices, connect with student groups to create diverse programming, and continue our commitment to inclusive excellence.
January 2019 saw the Sisters of the Academy hold their annual symposium for Black Women in Higher Education, followed by the National Day of Racial Healing. Spring welcomed activist Rachel Cargle for a conversation on feminism and race, while Spring ended with a Community Iftar in partnership with the Simmons Islamic Society.
In the Fall, we worked with the Trans and Nonbinary Collective for International Pronouns Day and held a Pronoun Primer workshop for community members. Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard led a workshop on intersectionality and forging connections for students, staff, and faculty, while Harlan Pruden, a two-spirited scholar and activist, led a series of conversations on sex, gender and sexuality in historical and contemporary Native America.
We are excited to continue to create dynamic programming that adds to the already rich dialogues and critical thinking that is present in the Simmons Community.